Where to shop for British-made artisanal products
Are you looking for a London souvenir that’s a little more exciting than a fridge magnet? Read on to find out where to shop in London for unique, handmade-in-Britain products.
At Handmade Chelsea (8-10 Nov), more than 100 exhibitors descend on Old Chelsea Town Hall to showcase the world’s best designer-makers. Bursting with artisanal food and seasonally-themed treats, extraordinary levels of craftsmanship will be on display. Look out for London’s very own Steven Harkin, who turns British leather into covetable arm candy. Elsewhere, don’t miss the architectural beauty of pieces created by jeweller Charlotte Reid.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EE
Further displays of handcrafted excellence can be found at The New Craftsmen in Mayfair. The curated selection of homeware and jewellery oozes style and sophistication, with a healthy dose of the unusual. Objects as mundane as a pestle and mortar become mini works of art.
34 North Row, Mayfair, W1K 6DG
020-7148 3190 | www.thenewcraftsmen.com
A slightly different spin on British craft can be found at Camden Market’s To Home from London, where quirky illustrative designs have been fashioned into cute souvenirs and gifts. See London’s landmarks featured on bags, mugs, coasters and cushions.
Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
07557-058520 | www.tohomefromlondon.com
Finally, if you remember stamping bits of paper with a cut potato covered in paint, Blade Rubber Stamps offers a sophisticated update to this retro pastime. Its Holborn store is packed with rubber stamps that encourage craft.
12 Bury Pl, Holborn, WC1A 2JL
020-7831 4123| www.bladerubberstamps.co.uk
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